The game is on! Although you might have been distracted by your rage that Tatiana Maslany still wasn't nominated for an Emmy among other glaring oversights, Sherlock fans might be chuckling over the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were both nominated for an Emmy for Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie. Although Freeman was nominated for his performance in Fargo while Cumberbatch was nominated for his performance in the Sherlock episode "His Last Vow", the fact still remains that this Emmy season is going to be a rough one for the bromance that Cumberbatch and Freeman enjoy on and sometimes off the screen.
Freeman is also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as John Watson in "His Last Vow" (and these two nominations make his second and third after his 2012 nomination in the same category and role), but Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie is Cumberbatch's only nomination this year. In addition, it's also the category for which he has been nominated for the last two years without going home with an award. This could be the first time that Freeman or Cumberbatch bring home an Emmy, so it's ironic and a bit hilarious that they'll be competing against each other.
Although Freeman broke hearts around the world in April when he admitted to Yahoo! UK & Ireland that he and Cumberbatch are both very busy and don't actually spend that much time together when they're not filming, we can at least take comfort in the fact that their onscreen characters can't seem to stay away from each other. In an ideal world, Cumberbatch will go home with an Emmy for Lead Actor as Sherlock and Freeman will go home with an Emmy for Supporting Actor as John, but the competition is so steep that we can already see how this will play out for their fictional characters.
John thinks fighting over an Emmy nomination would just be ridiculous.
But then Sherlock starts writing his own acceptance speech in advance.
So John goes on a sassing offensive.
Sherlock decides to hide out with Mycroft until after the ceremony.
Then Mycroft rigs the votes anyway.
And John isn't happy when he finds out.
But without their bromance England would fall.
So they make up just in time for Sherlock series 4.
Yep, that's totally how this is going to go. You simply can't win against Sherlock Holmes, who would be nothing without the support of John Watson. The other nominees may as well stay home that day. They wouldn't want to get caught in the crosshairs of this epic feud.